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UNDP-GEF Midterm Review for Improving Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area Network
Commissioning Unit: South Africa
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 04/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: South Africa
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Prioritize implementation of activities under Component 3 (financial sustainability).

Management Response: [Added: 2018/04/19] [Last Updated: 2018/04/20]

Fully agree, the project has not yet started implementation of activities planned under Component 3. There have been several sustainable PA financing studies made over the past few years, and the project will need assess the current priorities and strategic plans, to redefine the incremental benefits of the available GEF funds in terms diversifying and increasing PA financing streams.”

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Using pre-existing studies, and have results-centred engagements beyond the direct project partners in order to develop a workplan for Component 3 . a. Allocate budget and identify Component 3 activities in AWP. b. Presented proposed workplan(s) at PSC meetings, and follow usual project cycle management standards
[Added: 2018/04/20]
PMU, PSC members 2019/12 Initiated 1. Strategic discussion between SANParks and DEA facilitated by UNDP undertaken in February 2018 regarding a budget-based project workplan centred on land claims support that can enable PA financial sustainability. This will be presented at the PSC Meeting on 12 April 2018. 2. Budget has been set aside in the 2018 AWP that was signed off in March 2018. 3. PMU has forged stronger links with the Biodiversity Finance Initiative Project (BIOFIN) to strengthen the case for PAs (gave input, and aligning TOR to project needs), during March 2018.
2. Recommendation:

Develop and implement an updated stakeholder involvement plan

Management Response: [Added: 2018/04/20] [Last Updated: 2018/04/20]

The project document includes a statement indicating that a “full stakeholder involvement plan” will be prepared at project inception; this has not been made. It would be advisable to build upon the lessons learned during the first half of the project and develop an updated stakeholder involvement plan. The PMU should coordinate this, ensuring effective engagement and collaboration with key enabling stakeholders and with existing initiatives, e.g., the GEF-5 mainstreaming project.”

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop stakeholder involvement plan after PSC approval of Component 3 workplan and initial rollout of activities.
[Added: 2018/04/20] [Last Updated: 2018/10/30]
PMU, implementation partners, UNDP 2018/10 Completed The development of a stakeholder involvement plan can commence once Component 3 is in momentum, and there is a wider understanding of the different role players associated with the financial sustainability of PAs (e.g. Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, and community stakeholder beneficiaries also taking into account gender considerations) History
3. Recommendation:

Improve risk management, particularly associated with protected area expansion activities.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2018/04/20]

Declaration of protected areas is affected by number of external factors, including legal issues. Although the project has been successful in facilitating PA expansion, but there are uncertainties among some of the target landscapes. The project should implement a risk management approach in the second half of the project, identifying processes that are on the critical path, i.e., cannot be delayed without impacting the overall time schedules, and based on this information, allocate resources accordingly. Resources could be in the form of additional legal advisory services, technical assistance, stakeholder advocacy, etc.”

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project can set aside resources to convene focused high-level discussion groups or roundtables that create awareness and enable stakeholder advocacy, or to provide specific assistance including legal advisory.
[Added: 2018/04/20]
PMU 2019/12 Initiated
Project risks (critical, medium and low risk) should be identified and mitigation measures should be put in place. This need not take place at e PSC level, but it could take place through an Advisory/Technical support group, or through the appointment of a CTA who can provide the required strategic oversight support to the PMU. The RTA Biodiversity can assist with the development of draft TOR for CTA and advise further.
[Added: 2018/04/20]
UNDP and PMU 2019/12 Initiated Discuss the possibility of appointing a CTA based in DEA or in CO. The PMU is in agreement of this need.
4. Recommendation:

Benchmark management effectiveness and PA expansion to the broader advances being made at national and provincial levels.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2018/04/20]

The improvements being made on the project in terms of PA management effectiveness and expansion should be better linked to the broader advances on these issues in South Africa. It would be useful to benchmark the project achievements to changes being realized at the national and provincial levels

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Reiterating, the project can set aside resources to convene focused high-level discussion groups or roundtables that create awareness and enable stakeholder advocacy, and the need to appoint a CTA. The RTA Biodiversity can assist with the development of draft TOR for CTA and advise further.
[Added: 2018/04/20]
UNDP and PMU 2019/12 Initiated Discuss the possibility of appointing a CTA based in DEA or in CO. The PMU is in agreement of this need.

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